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Canon has recently expanded its range of colour flatbed scanners with the introduction of the latest CanoScan model, the N670U, which supersedes the N650U. The N650U wasn't the fastest scanner on the market, and Canon has attempted to address its sluggish performance in this new offering; no speed demon, the N670U is nonetheless faster than its predecessor. The N650U took over two minutes to scan an image, while the N670U turned out the same job in just over 40 seconds.

The CanoScan offers an impressive array of specifications for an attractive price, and it's extremely easy to use. The optical resolution of 600x1200dpi (dots per inch) is combined with a 48-bit colour depth - generous features for a budget buy. You can bump up the resolution to 9600dpi using software interpolation, but the resulting scans don't look any better than they do at the top optical resolution.

The software bundle is extensive, but it's not all good news. We were disappointed by the lack of versatility offered by the ScanGear utility. There is no pre-set option to scan line art or magazine pictures, and when we attempted to scan pictures from a magazine we noted a slight green and red colour separation at resolutions beyond 300dpi.

Plug sockets won't be overburdened because the N67OU draws power from the PC via the bundled USB cable. The Z-lid design means the cover can be lifted higher; the slimline dimensions, coupled with a stand, mean you can sit the scanner sideways, which is great if you don't have much desktop space.

Canon CanoScan N670U

Price: $199

Phone: 1800 021 167

URL: www.canon.com.au

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